Hydraulics
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
Hydraulics December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
Courtesy: Cross Co.
Hydraulics November 1, 2018

Reasons to use certified hydraulic hose distributors

Specifications for hydraulic hoses are critical; the replacement hose needs to have a working pressure rated at the normal operating pressures set at the factory to help ensure worker safety. Best practices and four tips on how to make a hydraulic hose are highlighted.

By Brian Crisp
Hydraulics April 17, 2018

Plant Engineering 2017 Product of the Year Winners

The 2017 award recipients represent the best in innovation

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Hydraulics November 9, 2017

2017 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote now!

The official ballot is open for voting for Plant Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 12, 2018.)

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, and Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager
This riding roller bearing for a rotating kiln failed as a result of lubrication and contamination issues. Courtesy: Motion Industries
Hydraulics November 3, 2016

Diagnose bearing failures beyond root cause analysis

Take a ‘CSI’ approach to root cause analysis to look beyond the obvious to determine why bearings are failing. Six types of failures and 12 tips for determining the root cause are featured.

By Richard R. Knotek, Motion Industries
Image courtesy: CFE Media
Hydraulics October 7, 2016

Prevent shaft current from causing motor damage

Awareness and testing for potential shaft current on motors can help companies experience fewer problems with downtime and equipment failure.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
The cause of gear failure can stem from many issues, but the most common is due to wear and that occurs for different reasons. Courtesy: L&S Electric
Hydraulics September 26, 2016

Eight common causes of gear failure

The cause of gear failure can stem from many issues, but the most common is due to wear, which occurs for different reasons.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Hydraulics July 4, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 27 to July 3: Hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, more

Articles about lubrication 101, industrial lubricant storage, lean manufacturing, hydraulic systems, and maintenance training were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 27 to July 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The hydraulic cylinder. Courtesy: Motion Industries and FLIR Systems
Hydraulics June 10, 2016

Why do hydraulic systems get hot?

Applying reliability principles to system design may offer an answer.

By Paul Craven
Damage to the valve body resulting from leakage past the worn seal. Courtesy: Hunt Valve, Inc.
Hydraulics May 6, 2016

Manage leakage in hydraulic-valve design

Understand risk tolerances in designing the most efficient hydraulic system.

By Mickey Heestand